Vittatidera zeaphila




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           Vittatidera zeaphila Bernard, Handoo, Powers, Donald & Heinz, 2010

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Morphology and Anatomy:


Females: Lemon-shaped cysts, orange to brown when mature. Vulval cone protruding slightly, circumfenestrate, abullate.

Cyst in anterior region marked with weak longitudinal ridges and transverse rows of punctations.

Produce large gelatinous egg mass with numerous eggs; eggs also retained in cyst.

Males: Length variable. Lip region rounded, slightly offset, 3 lip annules.

Stylet knobs rounded


Second-stage juveniles: Generally typical of Heteroderidae.

Lateral field with four lines.

Esophageal glands in a single lobe.

Tail pointed. 

Phasmids minute.  

[Bernard et al., 2010]

Reported median body size for this species (Length mm; width micrometers; weight micrograms) - Click:


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Reported from Obion and Lauderdale counties, Tennessee, and from Spencer county, Indiana USA.

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Bernard, E.C., Handoo, Z.A., Powers, T.O., Donald, P.A., Heinz, R.D. 2010. J. Nematology 42: 139-150.

Skantar, A.M., Handoo, Z.A., Kantor, M.R., Carta, L.K., Faghihi, J., Ferris, V. 2020. Characterization of Vittatidera zeaphila (Nematoda: Heteroderidae) from Indiana with molecular phylogenetic analysis of the genus. J. Nematology 52: | DOI: 10.21307/jofnem-2020-024.

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Revised: May 02, 2022.